Zatanna really felt like a sidenote in "her" dedicated story arc. If this were billed as a Vandal Savage or Dr Fate or even Klarion arc it would have made more sense. But Zatanna and her trainees got the short end of the stick.
Just watched the first half of the season, and man, that's some uneven stuff. I don't think any of these story arcs needed to be as long as they were, and I also kind of wish they happened at more or less the same time, so that each story could've progressed a little in each episode. Four episodes in a row on Mars was rough...by part 3, I wanted to see anywhere else.
And I really can't believe they're gonna let this Beast Boy depression story continue into the second half of the season. I know they want to be respectful of the situation and not give him an overnight breakthrough, but I mean Jesus, the show has no problem time-skipping over much more interesting stuff.
DAMMIT! They are going to go all Final Crisis with Mary, aren't they? They are doing the same thing to her they always do with Wanda. You'd think we'd be past the weak willed/easy to manipulate syndrome by now.
No one's mentioned this yet, but the capital city on Mars, Ma'aleca'andra, is one big C.S. Lewis reference. In his novel Out of the Silent Planet, the native inhabitants of Mars refer to their planet by the name of "Malacandra". "Ma'aleca'andra" is a "DC Mars-ification" of that name like how "John Jones" becomes "J'onn J'onzz" and "Megan Morse" becomes "M'gann M'orzz".
Likewise, "Ma'alefa'ak" is the same thing for "Malefic", who was J'onn's evil brother (rather than M'gann's brother) in the comics (and in the Supergirl TV series on the CW, in which he was played in live action by Phil LaMarr).